Our mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
The Brilliant Minds Benefit celebrates the mission and impact of Minds Matter NYC.
Our volunteers are energetic, committed, and successful individuals who dedicate their time to helping Minds Matter students achieve their goals.
20% of students delay going to college due to inadequate counseling.
Low-income students are 25 times
less likely to attend selective colleges.
59% of lower income students graduate vs. 77% of their higher income peers.
Minds Matter is a three year program that begins in students’ sophomore year of high school. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support and group instruction that provides students with the resources, information and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in and graduate from four-year colleges.
More than 150 hours of in-class instruction in math, writing and critical skills development and standardized test preparation
Weekly mentoring with two dedicated mentors for three years from sophomore year of high school to graduation
Attendance at prestigious summer programs nationwide and internationally with tuition, travel and board funded by donors
Since 1991, Minds Matter has transformed the lives of more than 900 program alumni
Our programs have a 90% retention rate.
Each year 100% of our students are accepted to a four year college or university.
70% of Minds Matter students attended top-tier institutions
Participants’ average SAT is 1625 representing 300 point increase
More than 90% of our students graduated within 4 years